A Wonderful Bird Arrives On The Local Patch 18 September 2020

This juvenile Dotterel showed off eventually today - photo by Jayne Westmoreland.

Exciting news early morning Dave Clements had found a Dotterel on the Great Orme here in Llandudno just a few miles from home! Frustratingly Ruth had just left home to attend a Wales Official Tour Guide Association training day in Betws-y-Coed leaving Alan carless, not good, it’s a long walk! Luckily a bird like a Dotterel has lots of people keen to see the rare visitor and our lovely friend Jayne offered to pick up Alan on her way to see the bird, how kind.

Alan walked down to the pier and watched the Turnstone flock on the rocks just below the pavement such good views. Jayne soon arrived and off to the limestone pavements hoping the Dotterel was still there. Parking at the end of the road they met Dave Clements the finder of the bird and he had good news he had just left it showing well and there were folks still watching it. Alan and Jayne hurried over to join the five figures stood on the limestone pavement but as they got nearer the group broke up and were looking around, not a good sign. The two would be Dotterel watchers hurried on and saw that the group had now turned towards them and were looking through their binoculars; the bird must be between the two lots of people, but where? Then Alan spotted the Dotterel on a patch of grass just right of the path, whew, wonderful it was still here.

This beautiful juvenile Dotterel was very active scurrying about and even running straight towards Alan and Jayne allowing super views. Then the bird was flying low and fast off to the right and was quickly lost behind a ridge. What good timing imagine arriving a few minutes later only to be told it just flew off? Well that is exactly what happened to another five birdwatchers that arrived just then all hoping to see the Dotterel.

What a gorgeous looking bird Dotterel are photo by Jayne Westmoreland.

We all spread out and looked for the bird in the strong north-east wind was surprisingly cold and made eyes and nose run. But no sign of the Dotterel though it was great to catch up with other local birders in Daff, Ivan and Rose, Julie and Geoff, Ian and Peter. A lone Wheatear and few Meadow Pipits were the only other birds seen in the strong wind, though a moment of excitement when a wader flew in but it was a Common Snipe. After some twenty minutes Julie spotted the Dotterel back where it had first been seen and we tried to attract the attention of the others scattered across the headland, birdwatchers can be an unobservant bunch sometimes! As folks began to realise the bird had been relocated and were moving towards it the bird was off again! This time it looked like it was leaving flying higher and towards the distant summit. Alan managed to keep on the bird even though it was now a small dot in the binoculars and thankfully the bird swung around and headed back towards the watchers, but dropped out of sight. A tense wait as everyone scanned the area then it was flying again and luckily landed in view allowing everyone present a view, whew! But it was off again and amazingly this time landed really close to where Alan, Jayne, Daff, Ivan and Rose, Julie and Geoff and Peter were stood. Here the Dotterel really showed off and the views were just fantastic such a beautiful bird.

Huge thanks to Jayne for giving Alan a lift and so good to catch up with so many local birder friends after so long without seeing many of them.

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales we would love you to join us for one of our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips days out. We expect to enjoy a lot of birds during these relaxed pace tours and we can tailor make the day to suit you.

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips in the future just drop us a line to arrange a custom tour and please see our tours pages for set departure trips. If you have any questions at all please fire away here….


We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!

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